Although alcohol remains the most frequent substance of abuse after smoking, other substances continue to increase, such as marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine or crystal meth, cocaine, heroin and many addictive substances prescribed by doctors.
What is Drug Addiction? Drug Addiction is the insatiable desire to obtain and consume increasing amounts of one or more substances, to the point of depending on them. The term is used generically to refer to the addiction of any substance, including alcohol.
Seeking help for the addict can be a difficult task, not knowing where to turn and what kind of treatment to use, are the first doubts that arise in a person seeking help for a loved one, or for himself. Drug addiction not only affects the person who consumes it, it can turn family coexistence into chaos, generating a series of major problems.
The main characteristics of drug addiction are:
The causes that can generate a drug addiction are very varied and range from high stress levels in the family, family history of consumption, exposure to substance abuse at early ages, anxiety and depression, among many others. There is a wide variety of risk factors that can trigger drug addiction.
The behavior of a person addicted to drugs can vary according to his personality and the environment where he develops. Some people may become aggressive, while others may resort to passivity and loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy.
The person consumes sporadically, does not present intoxication and does not affect their family life, it is a stage of “Honeymoon”.
There are intoxications, withdrawal syndrome, damage and consequences in family life, school, work, is a stage of “Playing with Fire.”
Can not live without consuming, normal relationship disappears in family, academic, work and social environments, the user already has organic or physical affectation, this is the stage of “Chaos”.
Los siguientes signos, aunque muchos de ellos pueden no ser exclusivos de un trastorno adictivo, son los que se presentan con mayor frecuencia en más del 90% de los pacientes con adicción. Por ello, si dos o más signos se presentan, se recomienda solicitar apoyo profesional en adicciones para tomar una decisión adecuada.
Se empieza a aislar de su familia, descuidar los verdaderos amigos o de personas con alguna relación afectiva positiva y frecuentemente aparecen nuevas amistades con objetivos de relación no muy clara.
He begins to live less and less with the family or has little or no interest in family affairs or meetings. Sometimes they can participate in a family reunion, but then they find a pretext to withdraw.
He can be irritable or aggressive without any convincing reason, especially when confronted when he has failed to fulfill any responsibility or when asked if he is consuming any substance or good.
These changes occur frequently and manifest themselves in:
· Personal oversight; misaligned, with the same clothes several days, etc.
· Anxious, depressed, intolerant.
· Speak alone or listen to voices
· witheight loss
Refuses to accept a reality when confronted with some irresponsibility or a lack of. Defends his lie or your prestige. Always finds a justification, which is usually not real or a lie, to get out of the problem at least at that moment. In response, he notes the faults of others to justify his behavior.
Denial is a defense mechanism used more often when they discover that it can be a tool to escape their own truth, their own reality and prefer to live cheated than to recognize.
Goes out without saying where. Arrives later than the indicated time or does not arrive home at all. Valuable items or money are lost at home. Failure to comply with basic family and social coexistence rules.
He does not pay his money and economic need is noted. Start selling personal belongings and other members of the family without permission. Loss of family assets.
Low school grades, delays, absenteeism, problems or conflicts with classmates and teachers, expulsions, school changes.
Sleep more during the day than at night or wake up late. It can be by internet games, social networks or by the consumption of a drug that distorts the dream.
I do not consume, if you want to do me an antidoping!
My friends yes but I do not!
It was not mine!
Marijuana is natural and medicinal, they are even legalizing it!
They are exaggerated!
There is no evidence that marijuana hurts!
This is not going to happen to me!
It is that I bring many pressures!
I do not need help!
It’s my life, do not mess, it’s my problem!
They do not understand me!
Leave me alone, I know what I do!